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Members of Lancashire's farming community have been invited to a special conference aimed at combating rural vehicle crime.
Lancashire Constabulary is holding the event at its Hutton headquarters on Thursday 22nd March, from 9.45am – 3.00pm, in order to provide farmers and other agricultural workers with the advice and expertise to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.
The free event, sponsored by TRACKER Network UK and Data Tag and held in connection with NFU Mutual, will look at the national picture in relation to rural crime and will then focus on the issues affecting Lancashire.
Those in attendance will learn what thieves look for when targeting a property – particularly for agricultural vehicles and plant machinery - and the measures they can take to avoid this, as well as getting the chance to view some of the latest security products available.
They will also be encouraged to work collectively with the police, through initiatives like Farm Watch and Rural Watch, to help identify, disrupt and prevent criminals targeting the Lancashire countryside.
Detective Sergeant Simon Ingham, Lancashire Police said: “The most common type of offences in our rural communities include fuel and scrap metal theft, as well as the theft of agricultural machinery and vehicles.
“Due to the remote locations of many rural properties, residents and workers can often be complacent and develop a false sense of security – so crime prevention is not always their top focus. Thieves know this, and are aware that there is less chance that they will be seen as they carry out criminal activity. The subsequent crimes can be very costly for the victims, affecting them not just personally but also having financial implications that can affect their livelihoods.”
He added: “The intention of this conference is to highlight issues that could affect those living and working in rural areas, offer advice on how to avoid falling victim to crime and to provide reassurance to our rural communities that we are committed to preventing and detecting these offences. Countryside crime is low in Lancashire and we want it to remain that way. We will continue to target offenders, with the help of our rural residents and workers - who we would ask to report suspicious activity to us.”
Calling all young bands, singers, djs and mcs – The Dukes needs you!
Opportunities for young people aged 13-19 to perform at a new series of live music nights in Lancaster are available now.
Two gigs which have already taken place at Barton Road Youth and Community Centre have proved a hit and there are four more to follow including an Indie/Rock Weekend on 16-17th March and an Urban Night on April 20 both at DT3.
DT3, in Moor Lane, is home to The Dukes Creative Learning Department which is being supported by Lancaster City Council’s diversionary activities funding to organise the events aimed at keeping young people off the streets.
Organisers are now looking for young performers to take part in future gigs. Anyone interested will be invited to attend a workshop led by More Music to get them performance ready.
This is a great opportunity for new bands, emerging artists, djs and mcs to pick up tips and perform in front of other young people.
Police are appealing for information after the air ambulance was damaged in Lancaster on Monday morning.
At some time between 7am and 7.30am on Monday morning, someone smashed the side window of the air ambulance while it was grounded temporarily at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information to come forward and contact them.
“This was a completely senseless act of vandalism," said a police spokesperson, "that could have had much more serious consequences and we would urge anyone with any information to come forward and contact police.”
Lynda Brislin, Chief Executive of the North West Air Ambulance Service said, “Although this mindless act of vandalism cost the charity money, our primary concern is that the air ambulance was not in operation for a day. Although, thankfully, we were able to rely on our other helicopter – the consequences could have been much greater than just a broken window.
"We rely on the support and kindness of the general public to allow us to operate, which is why I would urge anyone who has any information about this to get in touch with the police."
• Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Gearing up to the most anticipated Kendal Calling to date, the team behind the Lake District’s wild weekender have, as we hinted earlier this week, now announced the initial line-up.
Friday night’s bill will be headed up by the mighty Maximo Park, a tour de force of talent hailing from the North and bringing their blend of quality lyricism and arresting music.
Saturday night will see the return to Kendal Calling of the one-and-only Dizzee Rascal who is guaranteed to stand up tall on the main stage!
Closing the show on the Sunday night will be Indie kings James, who became a British institution in the 90’s with their blend of folk pop, they’ll bring hits like “Say Something”, “Laid” and the legendary “Sit Down” which are guaranteed to make everyone get up!
Also on the all-star bill are Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Feeder, Little Roy, Shed Seven, Dodgy, Inspiral Carpets, Benga, ShyFX, Andy C, Vintage Trouble, Twisted Wheel, Various Cruelties, To Kill a King, Ms Dynamite, Jack Beats (DJ set), Dreadzone, The Correspondents, Monster Ceilidh, A.Skillz, Juan Zelada, Bomskare, 16-Bit, Dub Pistols (DJ set) and The Lancashire Hotpots to name a few, with hundreds more acts yet to be announced across all stages for this award winning best small festival that has sold out six years running… so make sure you bag your ticket for one of the hottest festival on the market.
Following last year’s spellbinding festival, Kendal Calling are also unveiling a new Twin Peaks style 50’s diner headed up by Tim Burgess from The Charlatans aptly titled the Tim Peaks diner. Borne from twitter and on BBC6music, as Tim pours over the jukebox and coffee he will curate a weekend of DJs, bands, book readings and comedians in a unique setting. Confirmed on the bill is Nick Heyward; best known as frontman of Haircut 100 whose hits are big hitters on Tim Burgess Jukebox.
The music and activities in the Kendal Calling meadow span eleven diverse stages and areas, situated in a close-knit site that means you’re never far from your friends. Plus, it won’t just be the performance areas that get refreshed this year - last year's sold-out Emperor's Fields camping area returns once more complete with compost toilets, affordable tipis, showers and a family-friendly vibe for those wanting a quieter sleeping alternative for their brood.
New for 2012 is an affordable luxury camping option in the popular Emperor's Fields area without the heavy price tag (it's one of the best value 'luxury camping' options on the festival circuit).
You and your friends or family could also camp in style in our stunning bell tents and tipis available for hire at The Deer Lodge. These beautifully decorated tipis or yurts will provide your home from home. There are bedding options available and they sleep up to 4 per accommodation type. The Deer Lodge is not dear at all providing stylish accommodation and service that is at least double the price at similar size festivals!
To help cut car emissions, Kendal Calling have teamed up with Big Green Coach to offer travel to the festival from across the country from just £10 return. Tickets can be booked here: www.biggreencoach.co.uk/kendalcalling
Pick up points include Barrow, Blackburn, Bradford, Carlisle, Dalton, Durham, Kendal, Lancaster, Preston and Ulverston. In addition to these there will be a Penrith Station shuttle bus to and from the festival.
• Kendal Calling, 27th – 29th July 2012, Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, CA10 2HN. Tickets on sale: Thursday 23rd February at 9.00am. Full Adult Weekend Camping Tickets: £105. Teen ticket (11 – 15yrs): £50. Children (under 11) FREE (Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult). Thursday earlybird tickets £10 (only valid with a full weekend ticket).
Flamboyant antiques expert David Dickinson is set to return to Lancaster in April with ITV's Real Deal, hosting the show where you
can turn up with unwanted antiques and leave at the end of the day with
cash in your pocket.
The challenge of Real Deal, at the Salt Ayre Sports Centre on 21st April, is how to get the best deal: accept
the money on offer from the dealer, or take your chance in the auction
Contestants meet with dealers who examine their item in a
working auction house and make an immediate cash offer. The seller must
decide whether to accept the guaranteed money or risk fortune or failure
in the auction room. Will they make the right choice? Only the auction
room will decide.
Plus - why
let your antiques collect dust in the attic when you can sell them?
David Dickinson and his team of dealers are travelling around the
country looking for your 'bobby dazzlers'! You could take money on the
spot from a dealer - or if you think the item is worth more, turn the
dealer down and choose to sell at auction instead...
If you want to sell your goods, get along to one of the dealer days and you could soon be quids-in.
Police are appealing for information following a violent robbery of a specialist bike from a flat in Lancaster.
The incident happened at around 11:50pm on Saturday 18th February 2012 at a flat on Heaton Road.
Three men forced their way into a top floor flat and once inside threatened a man, hit him over the head with a chair and have stole an expensive bike.
Luckily, the victim was not seriously hurt -- but is keen to be reunited with his bike, a black ‘Specialised’ Rock Hopper mountain bike with white stripes on it, white seat, white grips and white suspension.
There is also a dent on the centre crossbar.
Detective Constable Tim Dodgson from Lancaster CID said, “We are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to come forward and contact police.
“We are also keen to trace the bike that has been stolen and if anyone has any details of his whereabouts then we would ask them to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should call Lancaster police on 101.
• People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
A comic no-holds-barred subversion of a Greek tragedy will have audiences crying with laughter at The Dukes next month.
Following on from its acclaimed production of Moby Dick which played at the Lancaster theatre in 2009, Spymonkey return with Oedipussy, their eagerly-awaited collaboration with artists from the forefront of British theatre.
Oedipussy is Spymonkey’s second co-production with Royal & Derngate Northampton and is touring nationally.
Spymonkey’s physical comedy combines with playful storytelling in a tale of forbidden lust, accidental incest, violent murder and the ultimate dysfunctional family: a jealous father, a messed-up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy.
Taking inspiration from Barbarella, Bond and Kraftwerk, Spymonkey turn their unique brand of theatrical invention to this greatest of tragic tales, bringing it to life in typically outrageous fashion with the help of an impressive set, costumes, lighting and original music.
Since forming in 1998, Spymonkey has toured its shows extensively, delighting audiences and critics around the world.
• Oedipussy, which includes scenes of nudity, is recommended for ages 14 and above and runs at The Dukes from 22-24th March. Tickets are priced £14(£12 concessions)/£12(£10 concessions). To book, ring The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.
A local drug dealer has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 – or face further time in jail – at a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing.
42-year-old Adam Wilson, of Heysham Mossgate Road, Heysham, was jailed in January last year for 30 months for possession with intent to supply cocaine.
At a recent POCA hearing at Preston Crown Court, the judge deemed that Wilson had benefited from his crimes by £9,675. His current assets were set at £8,395 and a confiscation order was put in place, under which he must pay the money within 28 days or face a further five months in prison.
Detective Constable Steve Dixon of Lancashire Constabulary’s proceeds of crime unit said: “Where we see that a criminal has financially benefited from their illegal activities – either by hoarding cash or spending it lavishly – we will seek to strip them of their assets through the courts.
“This can be in the form of taking money, cars – even their homes – and if we become aware that they have other assets in the future we will continue to confiscate them until the full total of their benefit has been met.”
Seaton Parish Council - the council of “One of the largest villages in England” voted to reject continuing on any further steps to a geological nuclear dump 1000 metres deep by 26 kiometres square last night.
Seaton joins Cockermouth Town Council and Above Derwent Parish Council in emphatically rejecting the government’s orchestrated campaign to turn Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone.
It remains to be seen whether similar opposition will have any imp[act on government plans for a third nuclear powr station at Heysham, but with Local MP David Morris backing the project and Peel Ports pushing for major expansion of Heysham Port, we're guessing it will be a tough fight.
Sports events organiser Epic Events has announced their Morecambe Bay Open Water Swim will take place on Sunday 5th August
2012 and entrants are now being sought.
Starting from Morecambe Yacht Club, the one mile swim (and a 500m event for less experienced
swimmers) looks set to be a great spectacle for those watching from
Registration for the Swim will be at Morecambe Yacht Club. All
competitors must register on the morning of the event and collect their
timing chip, swim cap and event momento.
the event, there will be a prize giving ceremony at the sailing club.
There will be prizes for various categories in addition to a host of
spot prizes so please come along and join us. The presentation will take
place as soon as possible and the sailing club will provide showers,
changing facilities and will be serving food and refreshments for
To enter, you
must be medically fit and healthy. All
participants should consult their GP before competing. You must be 15 years of age or above on the date of the event to
participate in the mile and 11 years of age for the 500m distance. You mustalso be capable of swimming the 1600m or 500m distance required for the event.
Morecambe's More Music and Signposts in partnership with The Children’s Society will be hosting a “Good Childhood Conversation” at More Music’s venue, The Hothouse on Devonshire Road, Morecambe at 6pm -8pm on 6th March.
The Good Childhood Conversations are local, community events that bring people together to discuss the issues and pressures facing children and young people today.
More Music is a community music and education charity based in The Hothouse, Morecambe, delivering workshops, training, performances and festivals across the district, region and beyond since 1993! More Music seeks to build confidence and spirit in individuals and communities through the arts, especially music.
More Music manages the Lancashire Youth Music Action Zone for Youth Music, facilitating music-making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need.
At the Childhood Conversations event, adults will be given the opportunity to explore their views of the children living in their own community. Fresh thinking and actions, both big and small, to improve childhood for all children are encouraged.
Most importantly, children who attending local schools and sessions at More Music will be consulted in advance and the findings of what they think of their own lives and local area are presented to the adults.
The hope is the event will generate great ideas to improve childhood for all children in the local community. So, please come along, hear what the children have to say and join the conversation!
Police have issued CCTV images of two men they want to trace after a man was assaulted as he walked home in Lancaster on Christmas Eve.
The incident took place around 5.00am on 24th December 2011 when the 21-year-old victim was walking home along St Leonards Gate talking on his mobile phone after a night out with friends.
He heard a group of people arguing and one of the men then approached him and punched him in the mouth causing him to fall to the floor, where he was kicked by both men causing him minor injuries.
PC Matt Butcher from Lancaster Police said: “This was a completely unprovoked assault and fortunately the victim was not seriously hurt.
“I am keen to trace the two men pictured in the CCTV images but would stress that these men were captured on CCTV in the area around the time of the office and may not be involved but they could be key witnesses.
“I would urge anybody that thinks they recognise these men or with any information about this incident that could assist us with our investigation to come forward and contact police.”
The main offender is described as white, aged in his early 20s with short, dark brown hair. He was wearing a light chequered shirt with dark jeans.
Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.
People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
The most anticipated festival in the Lake District, Kendal Calling are set to make a big announcement this week about this year's line-up and open the flood gates once more as tickets go on sale.
With tickets released at 9.00am on Thursday 23rd February, the news of the first crop of hand-picked line-up will also be unleashed at the same time with info revealed across the festival's official website, facebook and twitter.
Nominated for Best Small Festival in the 2012 NME awards, Kendal Calling, which takes place at Lowther Park, have delivered a sold out event every year for the past six years attracting revellers from all over the UK.
Last year's festival sold out in record time, scooped a music industry award, broke a World Record for the World's largest mint cake, and had some of the most legendary performances to date in the fields. Acts included openers House of Pain, Beardyman, Frank Turner (who made the whole main stage crowd sit down and jump up at his command), The La's the Houseparty, Happy Slap Boutique... Plus lots of crazy circus antics, tight rope walking, a plethora of stunning decor including the festival's very own version of the Loch Ness Monster... Bownessy!
The event is set to return bigger and bolder than ever before this year, with a multitude of additions and tweaks to make the party even better.
Kendal Calling HQ have teased music fans about the 2012 line-up already, saying that they've secured another spellbinding bill of acts set to grace the 11 stages along with a myriad of performers, art and exhibits all set to descend on one of the UK's most breathtaking festival sites.
With areas including Mainstage, GLoW dance tent, Calling Out new music stage, Kaylied tent, Soapbox, Kids Area, Kendal Calling real ale festival, Garden of Eden, Village Green and the Houseparty, Kendal Calling has something for everyone. We're looking forward to hearing what's to come, just a taster of the 2012 line-up with hundreds more acts across all 11 stages to be announced over the coming months.
- Kendal Calling, 27th - 29th July 2012, Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, CA10 2HN. Tickets info (more info on options soon): Adult: £105 full weekend / 11-15yrs £50 / under 11 - free (must have a ticket). More details on Emperors Field camping area & camping accommodation coming soon